Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cat Thursday (1)

A weekly meme all about cats. Hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict.

cat thursday meme

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

Cats need hugs too:

Need hugs

Here is one of my own (Frodo napping):

Lemme sleep! #kitty #cat #sleep

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

One Line Movie Reviews (4)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Love makes things better, even for those with mental illness.

Silver Linings
Rating: A

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011): You're never too old to love, live, and dream.

best exotic
Rating: B

End of Watch (2012): Powerful story of the dangers, trauma, heroism, sexism, racism, etc all rolled up into being a cop in L.A.

end of watch
Rating: A-

Salmon Fishing in Yemen (2011): Finding your dreams, making the impossible possible, learning to love, and learning to find hope in humanity all make this an amazing movie.

Salmon Fishing
Rating: A-

The Hurt Locker (2008): A day in the life of a bomb diffusion company in the army...the deaths, fears, isolation.

hurt locker
Rating: B

Friday, March 1, 2013

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

flight behavior
Kingsolver opens her book with a delightful and imaginative first chapter. I was really drawn in. What did Dellarobia actually see? We finally find out that her "vision" was a completely natural, or at least one that shouldn't be natural. Butterflies have landed on her family's land when they're actually supposed to be hanging out in Mexico.


Kingsolver really combines the consequences of climate change with how it effects those who still make their living on the land. She gives us characters to love, who change, reflect, and think ahead. She mixes a story of faith and science and how the twain can meet. And for that reason alone, this is a book worth reading.

But alas, I only give it a 3ish star because it wasn't a page turner. It took me awhile to read the book and it dragged in the middle. So I didn't love it but I like it and it was worth reading because it's an important topic and needs to be addressed.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Hester wasn't the only one living in fantasy land with righteousness on her side; people just did that, this family and maybe all others. They built their tidy houses of self-importance and special blessing and went inside and slammed the door, unaware the mountain behind them was aflame." p.22-23

"But being a stay-at-home mom was the loneliest kind of lonely, in which she was always and never by herself." p.59

"When she walked among these girls (ewes) they parted slowly like heavy water and looked up at her with an outlandish composure, their amber eyes eerily divided by horizontal pupils." p. 332

"...citizens of their own cheerful universe despite their full awareness of its unraveling." p. 341